Sam Mikulak injures Achilles at Winter Cup

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Sam Mikulak, the four-time reigning U.S. all-around champion, suffered a left Achilles tendon injury at his first meet since the Rio Olympics on Thursday night.

A social media post by a company that Mikulak endorses indicated it’s a torn Achilles, which would keep Mikulak out for months, but USA Gymnastics hasn’t detailed its severity.

Mikulak suffered the injury on his very first competition routine since the Rio Olympics at the Winter Cup in Las Vegas. Mikulak grabbed his lower left leg on a tumbling pass (video here) and was quickly attended to.

Mikulak previously tore his left Achilles before the October 2015 World Championships, then came back to win the February 2016 Winter Cup.

The two-time Olympian was announced as the U.S. headliner for the AT&T American Cup on March 4.

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